January 10, 2014 6:47 pm

Power Dressing: Andrew Renton

Andrew Renton

Professor Andrew Renton, 51, is director of the Marlborough Contemporary gallery and professor of curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Suit by Astor & Black

This is a fine blue wool with a very subtle herringbone. When you get made-to-measure, you make small changes to create a suit that you can live in, it’s so much more comfortable. Getting suits made is like being in therapy, as it takes time to understand what works for you and it can take years before you get it right.

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Shirt by Emmett

I ended up with Emmett because the cuff is big enough for my watch. I would walk into my dad’s closet and he had 100 white shirts and I would always wonder how he chose which one to wear. Then this morning I realised I have 100 blue shirts. I secretly think a girl once told me, “I love your blue shirt,” and it stuck with me.

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Tie by Hermès

I inherited 10 of my dad’s Charvet ties. At the end of the day it’s either Hermès or Charvet. What I love about Charvet is the weaving; what I love about Hermès is the way it’s stitched, that it doesn’t scrunch up and has a looseness about it. That’s what makes it worth the money.

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Pocket square by Richard James

If you’re in the art business and you see a smudge on glass, you use your square. More often than not, I whip it out to clean my glasses, which will horrify my optician.

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Glasses by Cutler and Gross

I have worn Cutler and Gross for ever, with a little flirtation with Moscot. I like nerdy glasses, big black-framed ones, which someone described as “Euro-curo” glasses. I thought I was expressing my individuality but, in fact, I’m just being a predictable curator.

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Belt by Ferragamo

I travel a lot and this belt is reversible between brown and black. It’s one less thing to worry about in terms of matching your belt to your shoes.

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Watch by Officine Panerai

I love watches. This one is made for the left-handed person, worn on the right-hand side. In an age when you don’t need a watch as you have your phone, it’s nice to have a relationship to the mechanism and I like winding it up.

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Shoes by Oliver Sweeney

As we say in England, “You don’t wear brown in town,” so in my head, it’s a little act of rebellion to wear brown shoes instead of black.

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Socks by John Smedley

You can’t go wrong in English knitwear. There is something unbelievably reassuring about the seams in their socks and jumpers.

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Stockists

astorandblack.com

emmettlondon.com

hermes.com

richardjames.co.uk

cutlerandgross.com

ferragamo.com

panerai.com

oliversweeney.com

johnsmedley.com

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